One needs to be very photogenic: Supermodel Darshani Khodabacks
1. What do you do for a living?
I have been a professional model for the past 7 years have been walking most of them on schedule fashion weeks worldwide and also am a threefold titleholder and winner of beauty pageants recently won the award for best Indian international model during La vie international awards in Chennai India. Apart from my modeling I run my own project and business and am an entrepreneur.
2. How would you describe your work?
I would describe it as my biggest passion and calling, I would never be able to be the person I am today if I wouldn’t be in this profession.
3. What does your work entail?
My work entails a lot of dressing up, looking good all the time, having an appealing physicality, taking good care of yourself, long days on the runway and locations all over the world, or long shooting days on set.
4. What’s a typical work week like?
A typical work week may vary from travelling the world and having 15 hours shoot and show days, traveling from one city or country to the other and then sometimes having a few days off in between and getting ready for the next assignment.
5. How did you get started?
I got started by entering the pageant world and ending up winning a few of them, shortly after that I received a lot of proposals to walk fashion shows and fashion weeks abroad.
6. What do you like about your work?
I like the energy it gives me the speed in which everything goes, obviously the glamour quotient, the number of people you meet in several countries which I probably never would meet otherwise, the experience far and foremost I must say.
7. What do you dislike?
The modeling world can be very competitive and extremely harsh, one day you can be declared the next big thing around the block and the next day everything can be game over. That’s basically how the industry works and it only strengthens a person as an individual I believe.
8. How do you make money or how are you compensated?
I get paid for the jobs I do and apart from that, I run my own business and financial projects I like financial security.
9. What skills are needed to do this?
I definitely think that one needs to be very photogenic, and also own a very strong walk and being able to be very natural in front of the camera which isn’t necessarily always only being pretty but definitely having the right angles, knowing how to use your right angels. I think the biggest misconception would be that pretty people are automatically models I definitely think it takes a lot of skills and skill settings to be successful in that field also the characteristics confidence is very important, the ability to handle criticism and to always keep improving yourself.
10. What is most challenging about what you do?
The most challenging thing is I feel that one needs to always be in top shape not only the body but also the mind in order to flourish and continuously be a part of the top projects I would definitely compare it with a top sport one needs to continuously stay focused you simply can’t lose focus as there are many ready to take your position left, right and center. In this field, you simply never can get comfortable if you ask me.
11. What is most rewarding?
Most rewarding is appreciation when your hard work is getting noticed and appreciated, when people compliment you about your work, your walks, your shoot. When people tell me I inspired them, no matter if it’s one single person it’s still very rewarding and satisfying.
12. What advice would you offer someone considering this career?
I would say, and I do get this question a lot from aspiring models, do a lot of research, a lot of reading, watch a lot of biographies or reality movies about modeling, read about designers and the fashion industry, study fashion and modeling before, and then decide if it’s still your piece of cake because I definitely think that the majority thinks it’s all about dressing up and being pretty when it’s a tough competition at times and can be a tough world.
12. How much time off do you get?
I just got back from one project and getting ready for the next one, I have my own business on the side so basically I am always busy and my weeks consist of 80 hours sometimes combining both of them in peak periods.
13. What else would you like people to know about your career?
The fact it set the stage for everything I have I am and own today, for me it’s a calling it’s a spiritual experience which excites my soul, it’s far more and way beyond than only walking the runway or getting published in magazines, I don’t think I would have ever developed a strong personality which this field and industry forced me to do, I always was this extremely sweet, shy and high sensitive girl who never was able to say no or to speak up whilst I still stay very close to myself and to my personality I definitely developed a great business sense in all these years, the way to handle people, the way to get things done, the way to communicate and that would never ever happen if I wouldn’t enter this field. These experiences enriched my entire being , my soul and my individuality as a person.
14.what is a common misconception people have about what you do?
That it’s easy and always fun, that it’s only glamour, that models are shallow people when most of us especially these days are educated, spiritual and made a lot of sacrifices in order to pursue this profession.